Just before 10pm yesterday, a concerned parent reported to the Hazleton City Police that their juvenile son stole a firearm from the house and planned on taking it to the Pine Street Playground.
Hazleton Patrol Sergeant C. Zola handled the investigation with the Patrol Division and was provided the information and identity of the juvenile in this matter. Numerous patrol units saturated the Pine Street Playground area and upon arrival observed juveniles fleeing West on Hemlock Street. The officers pursued the individuals and detained two Juveniles and brought them back to the Hazleton Police Headquarters, whom were subsequently released.
Hazleton Officers made contact with the owner of the firearm and determined a Sig Sauer P320 was stolen from a lockbox in his home. The investigation revealed that the Juvenile's aunt was able to recover the weapon from the Juvenile and turned it over to Police. Contact was made with her and she informed the officers that she received the weapon from the Juvenile and he fled from the area. The LCDA authorized charges for Theft and Receiving Stolen Property, which are being filed. The above officers continued to search the area and observed two males in the area matching the description of the suspect.
At this time, both males began to flee and were detained by the officers for safety reasons. The one male was identified as 20 year old Daniel Scalise and the other was an adult later released. Officers recovered 1800 bags of suspected heroin from Daniel Scalise.
Scalise is being charged with Possession With Intent To Distribute and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Scailice was transported to LCCF for overnight arraignment.